Alder Spring Trail
ElevationAscent: 11' 3 m
Descent: -199' -61 m
High: 2,193' 668 m
Low: 2,004' 611 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
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“A rolling trail through fields and meadows.”— David Hitchcock
The trail emerges from the woods and meets up with the Hawk Ridge Trail that begins to climb the hillside to the right. The Alder Spring Trail goes off to the left and follows the contour of the hill. Looking up to your right, you can see other runners on the Hawk Ridge Trail while views of the preserve and surrounding mountains sit off to your left. The trail finally ends at a gate near the boundary of the preserve. From here, your only option is to turn around and run back to the Hawk Ridge Trail to continue your adventure, or follow the Spring Alder Trail back to where you started.
While the first part of the trail gets a lot of traffic because it can be combined with other trails to form one of several loops, the last .4 miles of this trail are not as heavily traveled due to the dead end nature of the trail, although people on the Hawk Ridge Trail above you prevent you from achieving complete solitude.
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